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U.S. National Guardsman Retires from Hubbard-Hall

After 26 years as a valued Hubbard-Hall Associate, Steve Essex has retired from his position as a truck driver earlier this year.

Steve joined Hubbard-Hall in 1984 and worked out of the company’s Lincoln, RI division for almost two decades. He was well known and liked by everyone he came in contact with at job shops and plating houses from Rhode Island to Maine. When the Lincoln facility was closed in 2002, Steve continued to work out of the Wilmington, MA warehouse in order to serve the company’s customer base along 95 in Southern MA and through out Rhode Island.

Throughout his years at Hubbard-Hall, Steve was repeatedly recognized for his dedication and dependability and received specific commendations for starting up the nightrider program at the company, as well as going above and beyond and volunteering to fill in for another driver by delivering into Manhattan on several occasions.

Steve was no stranger to hazardous duty, as he was also a dedicated member of the 386th Squadron of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, undertaking four deployments to serve our country beginning with Operation Desert Storm in 1991, stints in the Middle East in 2000 and 2006 and his most recent service in 2009 and10 in Germany.

Recently, we received a Letter of Appreciation from Steve’s Commander in Germany acknowledging Steve’s “outstanding leadership for his staff during numerous unit deployments.” Commander Richard noted that Steve’s experience and ability to improvise allowed them to overcome numerous challenges and remarked that Steve “excelled in providing a customer service oriented atmosphere.”

All of us who worked with Steve over the past 26 years would certainly agree with his outstanding customer service orientation, an attribute much appreciated by his customers and co-workers.